Waulkmill, Orphir, Orkney
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Waulkmill, Orphir, Orkney

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Waulkmill Bay is a bay in Scapa Flow on the south of the Mainland of Orkney. It is shallow and at low tide there is a large expanse of sand. Given the shallow water, on a warm sunny day the water gets relatively warm and is a pleasure to paddle and swim in.

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